Gene Owens

Alabama Voters To Decide Fate Of Miscegenation Ban

By: - October 23, 2000

On Nov. 7, Alabama voters will confront a lifeless skeleton of de jure racism and decide whether to evict it from their constitutional closet. Article IV, Section 102 of the state’s Constitution of 1901 decrees: “The legislature shall never pass any law to authorize or legalize any marriage between any white person and a negro, […]

Constitutional Reform Struggles For Life In Alabama

By: - May 22, 2000

When the year 2000 comes to a close, the state of Alabama can count on basking in at least two distinctions: (1) The University of Alabama football team will be in the nation’s top 10 – or at least its top 20. (2) The Alabama state constitution will be by far the oldest state constitution […]

Alabama Lottery No Longer Sure Bet

By: - October 7, 1999

MONTGOMERY — A month ago, Alabama seemed almost certain to join 37 other states and the District of Columbia that raise revenue through lotteries. But as the Oct. 12 referendum draws near, the word “certain” has been replaced by “likely.” Voters will be deciding whether to adopt a constitutional amendment that would remove a barrier […]